Monday, August 18th 2008

ASUS Could have X58 Motherboards Available by Core i7 Launch Date

Intel is readying its first wave of processors based on the Nehalem-derived Bloomfield core which should hit shelves sometime this autumn. Meanwhile motherboard manufacturers seem to be in a rush to bring in supportive LGA 1366 motherboards based on the spanking-new Intel X58 chipset around that time. Intel had reportedly preponed launch of the Bloomfield processors till September. It was then known that motherboard manufacturers wouldn't be able to keep up and would take a little later (as in late October) to deck their shelves with supportive motherboards.

Bit-Tech interviewed Richard Liu of ASUS (read here). It can be read that ASUS would be out with not only Intel X58 based motherboards by the (new) launch date of these Intel processors, but also have NVIDIA SLI-supportive motherboards with BR-04 chips ready by that time.Source: Bit-Tech.net
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41 Comments on ASUS Could have X58 Motherboards Available by Core i7 Launch Date

#1
CDdude55
Crazy 4 TPU!!!
The cost of both the CPU and Mobo alone will cost you around $1000 or more. So i am not going for Nehalem. Hopefully when it comes out the Core 2 prices will go down.:):rockout:
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#2
xfire
Every one seems to be rushing thing up.
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#4
Tatty_One
by: CDdude55
The cost of both the CPU and Mobo alone will cost you around $1000 or more. So i am not going for Nehalem. Hopefully when it comes out the Core 2 prices will go down.:):rockout:
And add to that DDR3 for those who have not already got it!
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#5
OnionMan
by: CDdude55
The cost of both the CPU and Mobo alone will cost you around $1000 or more.
:)Where's that information coming from? I looked around online and it seems that the cpu's are going to be pricey and start around $300 range and up.. The motherboards are said to cost as much to make as the x48's.. I would imagine that one could still get an introductory cpu and mobo for around $500, with the higher end product ,of course, running up in the $1000 range.. But IDK, thus my question..:) It all seems to be around the prices I would have expected..
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#6
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
$500 is all you really need to go Bloomfield (2.66 GHz Bloomfield + Some $200 "value" X58 board), assuming you have DDR3 memory sticks. If not, it's not really something you should blame the new platform for.
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#7
Scrizz
you can get 2GB of DDR3 for ~$100
so the whole thing would be way under $1000
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#8
ShadowFold
I seriously don't get the point of this. Why make 4-8 cores if games are just now starting to use 2 cores? I seriously doubt games will be octo-core ready within 2 years.
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#9
Tatty_One
by: ShadowFold
I seriously don't get the point of this. Why make 4-8 cores if games are just now starting to use 2 cores? I seriously doubt games will be octo-core ready within 2 years.
Cause not everyone uses their PC exclusively for gaming :p For those that do....get a dual core IMO.
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#10
PP Mguire
For those that so....get a dual core IMO.
Yup! e8600 ftw.
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#11
spy2520
by: Tatty_One
Cause not everyone uses their PC exclusively for gaming :p For those that so....get a dual core IMO.
you are right, dealing with audio programs it can be easy to use a decent amount of all the cores you can get. I can only imagine the benefits for the video editting guys.
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#12
ShadowFold
My dual core can process a 10 min video in windows movie maker in under a minute so I'm happy there :p
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#13
spy2520
well i guess alot of tracks of audio + several effects + summing + virtual instruments + realtime recording must be a little more taxing than that.
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#14
CDdude55
Crazy 4 TPU!!!
I hope the Core 2 Prices go down. May get me a new CPU and Video card.
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#15
nafets
Early adopters are most likely going to be enthusiasts with money to burn.

This is not me. While I like to have the latest and greatest, I can settle for the "pretty darn good and reasonably priced"...
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#16
xfire
by: ShadowFold
I seriously don't get the point of this. Why make 4-8 cores if games are just now starting to use 2 cores? I seriously doubt games will be octo-core ready within 2 years.
For Vista. People who want full experience of Vista should upgrade to these multi cores for enjoying Vista and those who can't upgrade or have upgraded and still can't get a good experience shouldn't complain /sarcasm
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#17
Guru Janitor
by: spy2520
you are right, dealing with audio programs it can be easy to use a decent amount of all the cores you can get. I can only imagine the benefits for the video editting guys.
Exactly, especially video editing. I edit videos with SonyVegas Pro. Most unrendered videos I make that are around 7 minutes long with audio can be anywhere from 2 to 8 gigs. Compiling them on my quadcore still takes about 2 hours. Having an octacore would be great! :cool:
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#18
nINJAkECIL
and what is exactly 'full experience of vista'?
I use vista only for one reason: DX10 :D
and for that matters, a dual core CPU and 4Gb DDR2 would be more than just enough :)
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#19
xfire
Ultimate experience of vista- Bsod with extreme Aero effects /jk
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#20
KieranD
lol in the UK its going to cost us double what it will in the US to build one of these new intel systems

a value x58 board LOL, they have features that the old boards dont what makes you think even a value board will be cheap
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#21
Octavean
by: ShadowFold
I seriously don't get the point of this. Why make 4-8 cores if games are just now starting to use 2 cores? I seriously doubt games will be octo-core ready within 2 years.
Well if games are just now starting to use dual cores why then have so many of us had dual cores for so long before this?

The answer to that is twofold:

1) It’s one if not the major direction that the industry has chosen to take. Perhaps some people would prefer to have higher and higher clocked single core CPUs over multi-core but this isn’t the industries current working business model nor has it been for some time.

2) pricing can be a big issue. There are a lot of people who bought dual core 64bit capable chips that had little to no immediate need for either (no 64bit OS or 64bit apps and no multithreaded apps). The reason for this is it was cost effective and mainstream (AKA, not cost prohibitive).

If entry level Nehalem Bloomfield 2.66GHz LGA 1366 chips do indeed come at or under the reported ~$300 mark that would constitute reasonable broadly accessible pricing. I would estimate another ~$200 to ~$300 on basic X58 based motherboard. Name brand DDR3 1333 RAM can be had for about as low as ~$70 for 2x1GB. So yeah, I’d estimate a ~$500 entry fee ~$570 not including tax and S&H to account for DDR3 RAM.

So its very reasonably priced which is key to adoption and accessibility. Couple this with being a powerful new architecture,….carry the one,…..cross multiply,……. Yeah it all adds up, these suckers will fly off the shelves!

Don’t get me wrong, I love to play games its just not my only focus. I think I'll be buildihg one come Q4 ;)
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#22
J-Man
I plan on waiting until January-February time until I upgrade to Nahalem.
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#23
Octavean
My major concern is if they are rushing the motherboards that it might equate to a larger number of defects or larger number of quality control issues then what is typically expected.

It might be wise to wait for a board revision before buying but then again,…..
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#24
Morgoth
anny news when Abit IX58-MAX gets released?
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#25
PP Mguire
Having an octacore would be great!
To bad its still only truly a quad core.
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